Portland International Airport gets new carpet. People revolt; Foot Selfies & Tattoos

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  1. bradl macrumors 68040

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    I heard this last night on my local NPR stations rebroadcast of a story. As an aviation buff, not only did I think this was cool, but I thought it was rather funny.. all of this fracas over some carpet...

    Then I saw it. It's actually pretty cool!

    From Slate, via NPR:

    The Portland Timbers pro soccer team has a fan scarf based on that design that they apparently can't keep in stock. There is even a dedicated Instagram, Twitter feed, and Facebook page. Perhaps the Trailblazers could rock that for their basketball jerseys one night. Either way, I want that shirt. Any users up in the PDX area know if they sell it online?

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    To yet another inane level human ignorance stoops.
     
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    The puzzling part here is the belief that it has to happen at all.
     
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    Excellent example why mandatory voting should never be instituted.
     
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    Agreed. This is just beyond belief.:rolleyes:
     
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    Such harsh responses over some people's fondness for a charming carpet pattern.

    Yeah, stamp out all charm then, it gets in the way of ruthless efficiency.
     
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    Besides being vaguely mid-century, what's so special about that carpet pattern?
     
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    From Wiki:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portland_International_Airport_carpet

    Further:

    http://www.portlandmonthlymag.com/t...brief-history-of-the-pdx-carpet-december-2013

    Call it 'pride', like speaking 'NorCal', or "Who Dat" in New Orleans, or Cheeseheads, or 'da Bulls'.

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    I didn't realize people put so much thought into carpet visual design at an airport.
     
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    Agreed, I wonder why the negativity towards this story. Based on the tattoo, it's the pattern that has the impact, not the individual element. I like the newer design too, but I prefer the bolder blue and I'm picky about how to use blue. :)
     
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    I've always found blue to be a tricky color to incorporate in interiors. It's generally considered a "safe" color because most people like blue, but the right blue takes a lot of thought. I think the Portland airport architectural design team did a pretty good job with this pattern & palette, the fact it's endured so long is testament to that. Most people may have forgotten already, but there was a ton of bilious mauve & grey back in the '80's.
     
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    My favorite color growing up was turquoise if that qualifies for blue. My room was painted in that color. Now while I still like it, i would not use that color in my house, although I've indulged myself (with the concurrence with the wife), with a living room in forest green and a dining room in... muave. I could not stand an entire house with such rich colors, preferring off whites or creams. :)
     
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    I like the pattern as an individual element and in series as the designer intended. But I would not foot selfie nor tattoo with it. In the 70's these kinds of spontaneous group behaviors were called happenings.
     
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    I should have qualified the tricky blue as a pastel baby blue, and probably my personal bias, like smacking into a mental stop sign.
    FWIW, my room as a teenager was mostly turquoise walls with a few white walls, including a big black & white mural on one based on Picasso's "Don Quixote". Ah, fond memories.

    Any rate, good designers take into account all sorts of things. Light is very different from place to place and therefore color too.
     
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    Fascinating thread and topic, bradl. Thanks for posting this. I hadn't known about it and find it fascinating to read. What a charming and original reason for the pattern on a carpet. Brilliant.


    Personally, I deeply regret that much more thought is not given to the design of public spaces, and the stuff that gets to be used by the public in those same public spaces.

    The difference between a well designed and poorly designed, (or even, at its worst, an antagonistically designed) space is stunning and can have an enormous impact on how that space is perceived and used.
     
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    Well, I don't disagree. It's just all the airport carpets I've encountered have been rather insipid....
     
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    Mine was aqua, and I think they both are members of the blue family.
     
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    I think many such things are designed - or planned - with cost and convenience primarily in mind, rather than how this could best benefit an intelligent and thoughtful use of a public space.

    This is the sort of thing that is only brought home to you - or driven home - when you actually encounter something that is well designed, with sympathy, thought, ergonomics and the needs of the people who will use it in mind.

    Then, of course, you find yourself wondering why most design cannot conceive of doing this, and you realise (reluctantly) that other criteria - other than intelligent public utility - usually given priority at the planning stage.
     
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    To fully understand this, I think it requires some time spent in Portland. It is a neat place, and if you can get past the rain and courteous drivers, it is a magical place.

    I fell in love with my wife on a date to Washington Park, where the sun was going down, and we sat on a park bench talking for 2 hours, and we could see the sun gleaming off the KOIN tower.

    We had a beautiful house and great neighbors, that we are still in contact with 6 years later in Sherwood.

    The airport is nicely laid out, and whenever I fly in there, it is a great experience, and the carpet just makes it quirky, but unforgettable. It's just neat.
     
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    Agree with both posts.

    I get the sense that Portland is an unusual place - with an amazing culture - in the wider cultural context of the US; I read about a wonderful coffee culture, lots of bicycles, and it is the home of one of my favourite groups, Pink Martini.

    And now, to read of a terrific tradition in the carpet at the airport. Wonderful, and it seems to be very much in keeping with the spirit and traditions of the place.
     
  23. bradl thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Don't be too sure about that.. For all we know, at the part of the terminal where all of Alaska Airlines' gates are, they could be putting in another dedication to the Salmon-Thirty-Salmon:

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    Besides, they are the only airline in the world to ever have a mid-air collision with a fish; hence why they have this livery.

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    My wife loves Pink Martini.

    Awesome! Poor Mr. Eskimo must have been smacked right off of the rudder, though.
     
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    Great story, and fantastic livery.

    Actually, - in addition to having all of their albums on CD (well, on my iPod), I had the wonderful privilege of seeing Pink Martini perform live during a European tour which they gave three years ago; they were utterly professional, and absolutely brilliant.
     

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